# What are they teaching kids these days!

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• 26th March 2013, 09:33 PM
CESIL
What are they teaching kids these days!
OK, so I am at my desk...

A pupils approaches, year 5...

question "can you print me a net to make a cube?"

answer "no problem, what size do you want?"

I pass him a school ruler marked in centimeters and millimeters.

He thinks for a bit, and then says... "Oh about an inch"

"What's an inch?" I say, "Nobody works in inches these days, and I haven't for all my working life"

"Oh", he says, "I thought it would be easier for you to understand"

"What?" I exclaim, "because I am old!" (I am only 52!)

WTF are they teaching these kids today? Inches! I don't use no steenking inches!
• 26th March 2013, 10:04 PM
FN-GM
My dad is 53 and only measures in old money. I dont know the imperial system well so its fun and games when we are trying to some DIY together.

The UK is weird we are half metic half imperial. I find it odd that they sell fuel in liters but measure consumption in miles per gallon.
• 26th March 2013, 10:15 PM
elsiegee40
I'm surprised @CESIL

I'm 49 and I learned both imperial and metric measurements at school. I'm inconsistent in which I use. I cook imperial... most of the time. I measure length metric and height and body weight imperial.
• 26th March 2013, 10:27 PM
jmak
Generally metric, but when I'm measuring for DIY, I use either depending on which falls most easily on the tape measure - our house was built in inches, so often that works out more straightforward.
• 26th March 2013, 10:33 PM
TechSupp
Quote:

Originally Posted by jmak
Generally metric, but when I'm measuring for DIY, I use either depending on which falls most easily on the tape measure - our house was built in inches, so often that works out more straightforward.

Thats me as well, started of from school in engineering knowing mainly metric but had to work with older people who were definately imperial (30 years ago) so quickly got used to using both and now any diy is done in which ever it falls nearest to!
• 27th March 2013, 02:21 AM
CESIL
Quote:

Originally Posted by elsiegee40
I'm surprised @CESIL

I'm 49 and I learned both imperial and metric measurements at school. I'm inconsistent in which I use. I cook imperial... most of the time. I measure length metric and height and body weight imperial.

I learned both at school, but by the time I left college I was working exclusively in metric in millimeters. Maybe it's because I did technical drawing at O level? I do still have trouble visualizing weights in metric but I use grams when cooking.

I was just surprised that we are still teaching pupils about an obsolete measuring system other than as a history subject...and miffed that he thought I was soooo old that I couldn't handle the correct "modern" units. :)
• 27th March 2013, 08:37 AM
One_Minute_Hero
im late 20s and i use both. i find it easier looking at something small and saying "that 10" long" and not 25cm long but the longer something gets the more i may say "thats 2m long"

meh
• 27th March 2013, 09:12 AM
Flatpackhamster
I still do all my work in furlongs, hogsheads and groats.
• 27th March 2013, 09:27 AM
E_G_R2
Well I umpire Field Hockey and I can tell you the average player can't tell 5 yards from 5 meters, they still don't go back far enough at a foul :)
• 27th March 2013, 09:30 AM
witch
I was taught both and tend to use metric other than cooking.
The exception, strangely, is if I am estimating a height or length and then I will say - oh about 4 feet or whatever.

My son, who is 25 and was never taught imperial, will talk confidently in feet and inches - I can only think it is from working with people who learned it from their dads. (mrwITch uses metric or measures in hexadecimal!)
• 27th March 2013, 09:43 AM
Andrew_C
Another 50+ voting for both/either/whichever fits best.
• 27th March 2013, 09:52 AM
pbainbridge
using both.....it's currently -1 centigrade here at the moment but i'm hoping it'll be 100 farenheit when I go on holiday. Doesn't it just sound better than 36
• 27th March 2013, 09:54 AM
Davit2005
Engineering world still uses imperial quite a lot. A lot of older machines in workshops are still in imperial.
• 27th March 2013, 10:00 AM
witch
Quote:

Originally Posted by pbainbridge
using both.....it's currently -1 centigrade here at the moment but i'm hoping it'll be 100 farenheit when I go on holiday. Doesn't it just sound better than 36

I've always thought that fahrenheit is far more suited to our climate - with smaller gradations, the slight variations in temperature that mean so much to us chilled Brits are shown up better!
• 27th March 2013, 10:12 AM
sted
i use both generally for lengths i use metric with the exception of kilometres where i use miles so im 4m from home but 300m down the road is a shop
weights whatever is easiest
volume again metric apart from fuel consumption where its mpg litres per 100k is just an odd measurement
temp metric farenheit means nothing to me other than -40 is -40 0 is 32 and 240 is 100
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